So, Denon's new line of "advanced" AVRs feature Audyssey DSX with front height or expanded width channels in the receiver category (AVR-4310CI) and Dolby Pro Logic IIz decoding in all models. Also featured is Rhapsody and Napster music services for their 3 top-level models with the AVR-4310CI incorporating the advanced DENON Link 4th, featuring HDMI Clock Control, all for $1,999.
For Denon's highest paying customers, we'll though them a bone. "Beginning in June, owners of Denon's flagship AVR-5308CI receiver and AVP-A1HDCI Ultra-Reference 12-Channel A/V Home Theater/MultiMedia Preamplifier will be able to receive a free firmware upgrade to add DENON Link 4th."
--Okay, so they want us, their more affluent customers, to be quick and eager to plunk down $4,500 for their "reference universal BD-player". But do they throw us any of the new line's features, which will actually provide us with expanded functionality without purchasing a $4.5K component? NO.
I've said this before, I'm not asking to get something for nothing. I can not believe that a paid feature upgrade could not be offered, which would provide PLIIz and Napster music streaming.
You might say that PLIIz and DSX are gimmicky at best. And maybe so. But, I've been a Rhapsody customer for almost a year now, shelling out $13 a month. Napster is offering the same unlimited streaming music service for $5 a month with 5 free MP3 downloads each month. My phone and DAP also support Napster-to-go and Napster doesn't charge another $3/month that "Rhapsody-to-go" does.
I really hope Denon comes through for us and provides at least a Napster upgrade for us 5308 owners. If not, I'm not going to be a happy camper. Rant over.